Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Lekita McDuffie after receiving a referral from SEPTA. McDuffie claimed that she had been injured while riding on the Route 47 bus on July 30, 2013. McDuffie claimed that the bus operator closed a door on her arm. On July 31, 2013, McDuffie called the SEPTA claims hotline and reported that she had boarded the Route 47 bus at the intersection of 5th Street and Somerville Avenue when the bus operator shut the door on her left arm. McDuffie stated that she went to Moss Rehab to obtain treatment for her injures. McDuffie later hired an attorney to represent her in a personal injury claim.
Insurance Fraud Unit detectives retrieved McDuffie’s medical records from Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park and Wyoming Chiropractic Center. The records indicated that McDuffie sought treatment at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park on July 30, 2016 for alleged injuries to her arm. The Einstein Medical Center records indicate that personnel found that McDuffie was not suffering from swelling, tingling, numbness or neck pain. Furthermore, an x-ray performed on McDuffie’s arm showed that she had no fractures or dislocations. McDuffie’s medical records from Wyoming Chiropractic Center indicated that McDuffie’s arm had been caught in a SEPTA bus door and that she had been thrown back and forth and injured her neck and back. McDuffie sought treatment at Wyoming Chiropractic on thirty-eight different occasions between August 2013 and April 2014. The total amount of McDuffie’s medical bills reached eleven thousand eight hundred dollars.
Detectives retrieved surveillance footage from the Route 47 bus which showed that the bus door never closed on McDuffie’s arm. Furthermore, the footage shows that McDuffie used her left arm while on the bus, and after the alleged injury occurred. McDuffie never appeared to be disturbed during her time on the bus. She also never spoke to the operator while boarding the bus, nor did she seek assistance from any other passenger. McDuffie was arrested on September 21, 2016 for Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 25, 2016.